Today I’m delighted to present (my first post Llandeilo Festival of Senses) book review and what would be more appropriate than to indulge in the book of a Llandeilo born author.
“The Legacy of the Sky Pendant” by Jonathan Crayford is the intriguing offering by a promising new voice in fantasy writing.
The book is the first in a series and consists of two parts. In the first Marcus defends his home town and country against malignant invaders with the help of the Sky Pendant’s energy. As an inexperienced yet resourceful young man he brings new ideas to wit to the struggle and soon earns the respect of king and country.
In the second episode the pendant is passed down to a generation 98 years later. In this story another young man also meets a challenge, although a fairly different one: winning a race against a tough competitor during a festival.
The story lines and characters are classic fantasy and adventure fare with great suspense, battle scenes and the marvellous fighting spirit of those determined to win and prove themselves.
The book benefits from the change from one protagonist in the first part to the second in the next – making the mysterious pendant the quiet but never forgotten focal point.
The stories are united by plenty of parallels and common themes: pride, ambition and striving to be the best we can.
Marcus and Cruise as youthful fighters show how inexperience can be overcome by audacity and focus while innovation and fresh ideas can build on what has been achieved in the past. Much thought has gone into portraying the manifold and powerful themes within this novel, making it a very enjoyable and rewarding, rich and refreshing read.
I have no doubt we’ll be hearing more of Jonathan Crayford in the future and I look forward to see the story and his writing developing. Well done to a marvellous debut.
You can get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1732026874
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As Marcus stands patiently at his post at the castle wall, ready to defend his home village of Soulwind, he fumbles a strange pendant fastened securely around his neck and is completely oblivious to its enhancing effects, and also of its origin.
Who are these strangers who have suddenly turned up in the peaceful kingdom of Termelanor? And what do they want?
Jonathan has been interested in writing from a very young age.
As a first language Welsh speaker, writing stories in English proved challenging at first however Jonathan’s passion for storytelling continued through
to secondary school, where his favourite subject was English literature.